Only in the cross of Christ will we receive power when we are powerless, find strength when we are weak, experience hope when our situation is hopeless. Only in the cross is there peace for our troubled hearts.
Welcoming Guests and Announcements – Pastor Ross
Hymn Sing – Congregational Hymn Pick
Prayer Concerns – Pastor Ross
Pastoral Prayer – Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, Lord’s Prayer
Scripture Reading – Mark 15:20‐32 ‐ NLT – Ernie Gutierrez
Message – Suffering that Reveals ‐ Pastor Linda
Communion – Pastors Linda, Ross & Dave
Mark 15:20-32 – New Living Translation
20 When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified.
21 A passerby named Simon, who was from Cyrene, was coming in from the countryside just then, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus’ cross. (Simon was the father of Alexander and Rufus.)
22 And they brought Jesus to a place called Golgotha (which means “Place of the Skull”).
23 They offered him wine drugged with myrrh, but he refused it.
24 Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross. They divided his clothes and threw dice to decide who would get each piece.
25 It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him.
26 A sign announced the charge against him. It read, “The King of the Jews.”
27 Two revolutionaries were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.
29 The people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery. “Ha! Look at you now!” they yelled at him. “You said you were going to destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days.
30 Well then, save yourself and come down from the cross!”
31 The leading priests and teachers of religious law also mocked Jesus. “He saved others,” they scoffed, “but he can’t save himself!
32 Let this Messiah, this King of Israel, come down from the cross so we can see it and believe him!” Even the men who were crucified with Jesus ridiculed him.
Simon is conscripted to carry Jesus’ cross. From that moment on, Simon begins to identify with Jesus and stays with him near the cross observing others there and Jesus’ response of sadness, forgiveness and love for the human condition.
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